Wednesday, August 17 2016

‘Amazing’ Ben’s Cat Going After Seventh Straight Mister Diz Win

10-Year-Old Gelding Can Equal North American Record with Victory

– After all these years, Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury doesn’t even try to search for the right word to describe his stable star, 10-year-old multimillionaire gelding Ben’s Cat.

Instead, the 83-year-old Leatherbury lets others do it for him.

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Tuesday, August 16 2016

Saratoga Race Course Notes, Monday, August 15

Creator and Gun Runner work in company ahead of G1 Travers
• Baffert confirms American Freedom, Arrogate for Travers, Hoppertunity possible for G1 Woodward
• Songbird breezes 'smooth' half-mile ahead of G1 Alabama
• Haveyougoneaway on target for G1 Ballerina
• My Man Sam pointing to Travers; Brown's Arlington contingent returns in good order
• Big City Dreamin, Lull head Bolton Landing field
• Gowans takes top spot in Sunday's Low-Roller Challenge, presented by NYRA Bets

- Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Monday morning, working five furlongs in 1:00.60. Gun Runner, ridden by jockey Florent Geroux, and Creator, with exercise rider Abel Flores aboard, put in what trainer Steve Asmussen said were great efforts as they prepare for possible starts in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27.

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Saturday, August 13 2016

Record $12.6 Million Stakes Schedule Announced for Championship Meet

$1 Million Florida Derby (G1) Highlights $2.45 Million April 1 Program
Gulfstream’s Signature Race Tops Impressive List of 39 Graded Stakes
$12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Set for Jan. 28
World’s Richest Race Pushes Stakes Purse Total over $25 Million
Gulfstream Park Hdcp. (G2), GP Turf Hdcp. (G1) Slated for Feb. 11

– The 66th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) will be celebrated April 1 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a record $12.615 million stakes schedule announced Thursday for the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.

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Severe storms force cancellation of racing at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A series of severe summer thunderstorms, complete with heavy rain and lightning, forced the cancellation of racing at Saratoga Race Course after the fifth race on Saturday, August 13.

Six races were cancelled, including the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap and the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Saturday, August 13

Exaggerator taking 'fresh approach' to G1 Travers
• Lady Eli gets 'A+' from Brown after Sunday morning breeze
• Laoban keeping it cool
• Destin on track for Travers; Pletcher eyes other assignments for stable
• Amoss keeps Mo Tom in consideration for Travers
• Fish Trappe Road impressive in breeze; targets G1 King's Bishop
• Effinex in good order; next start to be determined
• Mott, Campbell to be honored on Friday, August 26 at Walk of Fame

- Initially concerned about rain forecasted in the Saratoga area over the weekend, trainer Keith Desormeaux called an audible with Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers hopeful Exaggerator and decided to pass over the Curlin colt's penultimate work scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Saturday, August 06 2016

Cajun Delta Dawn Rises to Desert Vixen Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Curtis Mikkelsen’s Cajun Delta Dawn ($8.60) rose to the occasion once more with a surging score in the $200,000 Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After setting the pace in her June 10 debut for trainer David Fawkes, the 2-year-old filly closed strongly up the rail to post a 17-1 upset in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes on July 2. Those efforts earned Cajun Delta Dawn more consideration from the wagering public this time and she went postward as the 3-1 second choice.

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Undefeated Three Rules Captures $200,000 Dr. Fager in a Romp

Pinchin-Trained Colt Strong Candidate for Florida Sire Stakes Sweep

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Three Rules overwhelmed eight rivals Saturday at Gulfstream Park, running off to a seven-length victory in the $200,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Sire Stakes while needing little encouragement from his confident jockey, Cornelio Velasquez.

The undefeated 2-year-old son of Gone Astray has now won his three races, including two stakes, by a combined 15 ½ lengths without exerting himself , distinguishing himself as a rising star and a strong candidate to sweep the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida.

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Frosted ices foes in G1 Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Returning from his historic win in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Godolphin Racing's Frosted did not disappoint as the 1-2 favorite with an equally remarkable victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.

Frosted, with jockey Joel Rosario aboard, broke with determination and seized early control of the six-horse field. With Upstart positioned along the rail and Noble Bird an ominous presence to his outside, Frosted swept through an opening quarter-mile in 23.11 seconds and a half in 46.42.

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Thursday, August 04 2016

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Rises to $298,058

She's Got the Look Has Look of Future Stakes Star
We're All Set, Yourdreamsormine Renew Rivalry in Friday Feature
Camacho Expected to Be Back Riding Next Week

-- The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 20th consecutive racing day Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $298,058.78 carryover jackpot for Friday's 10-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $299.24 Thursday.

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Awesome Banner, Ballet Diva Heavily Favored for Saturday Stakes

Casse Trainees Sharp for Florida Sire Stakes 3-Year-Old Engagements

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – During a break in training at Gulfstream Park Thursday morning, Mark Casse’s assistant trainer Jamie Begg booted up his office laptop in Barn 2 to view video of Wednesday night’s Canadian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, specifically interested in the footage starring his boss.

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Daring Kathy Gets the Right Distance in Saturday’s Soaring Softly

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Graded-stakes winner Daring Kathy will stretch back out in distance when she headlines an eight-horse field in the $75,000 Soaring Softly Stakes on the undercard of Saturday’s Florida Sire Stakes program at Gulfstream Park.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Thursday August 4,

Songbird breezes 'nice and smooth' for G1 Alabama
• Brooklyn Bobby will be first American starter for Frankel
• Romans not ruling out G1 Alabama for Go Maggie Go
• Santana Jr. making impact in first full meet at the Spa

- Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird took to Saratoga Race Course's main track early Thursday morning for a five-furlong breeze, her first timed move since her dominating victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24.

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